What is Assessment?

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (USA), 2003 describes this process as follows:

"Assessment involves the multiple steps of collecting data on a child’s development and learning, determining its significance in light of the program goals and objectives, incorporating the information into planning for individuals and programs, and communicating the findings to family and other involved people.”

I have developed over the years such an approach for children with multiple impairment, including for children with deafblindness. During my long career I must have assessed over 4.000 children. Except in a few cases it was always possible to find an area of strength in the child, which could be used as a starting point for effective intervention.

For a long time colleagues were convinced that our approach was a "Van Dijk thing" which could not be applied by others. Dr. Catherine Nelson have published data that the "Approach" can be learned in a rather short period of time, in a reliable way if appropriate instruction methods are used.

The article is published by Nelson, C., Janssen, M., Oster T. & Jayaraman G. (2010) "Reliabiltiy and Fidelity of the van Dijk Assessment for Children with Deafblindness." The articles is accepted for publication in: AER Journal: Research & Practice in Visual Impairment & Blindness and can be downloaded here.

Important instruction material is the Guide book "Child Guided Strategies: The van Dijk Approach to Assessment." More information about this book and double DVD is available in our webshop.

Assessment is one of my most important specialties, therefore I like to dedicate a separate section to this topic. Please for more details go the Assessment section on the website.

In collaboration with Perkins I published two webcasts about Child guided Strategies: The van Dijk Approach to Assessment and The Role of the emotional Brain.



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